Rajen Prasad

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Dr Rajen Prasad
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour Party list
Assumed office
Personal details
Nationality  Fiji
 New Zealand
Political party Labour
Children 2
Committees Social Services Committee

Dr Rajen Prasad, QSO, is a politician from New Zealand. He was elected to represent the Labour Party on the party list at the 2008 general election. He was given an exceptionally high list placing, 12, far in advance of many sitting cabinet ministers.

Prasad is of Fijian descent.[1]

Professional life[edit]

Prasad led Massey University at Albany during its establishment in 1993 and was Race Relations Conciliator between 1996 and 2001. In June 2004 Prasad was appointed as the first Chief Commissioner of the newly established Families Commission, serving until 2008.[2]

He is currently on the board of the Bank of Baroda New Zealand.[3]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th List 12 Labour
2011 – present 50th List 30 Labour

At the 2008 election Prasad was placed at number 12 on the Labour Party list and was subsequently elected to Parliament. He was re-elected, albeit at a lower list placing, in 2011.

In 2008, Prasad was appointed Labour's spokesperson for Voluntary and Community Sector, and associate spokesperson for Ethnic Affairs and Social Development – Family and CYF by Labour leader Phil Goff.[4] He was later appointed spokesperson for Ethnic Affairs, as well as associate spokesperson for Social Development.[5]

In 2013 under the new leadership of David Cunliffe, a new Labour shadow cabinet reshuffle was announced with Prasad now the Spokesperson on Immigration, Associate Spokesperson for Ethnic Affairs and Associate Spokesperson for Social Development (CYFS).[6]